Averages for Paris in March

What's the Weather Like in Paris in March?

Temperature

The weather slowly begins to improve in March in Paris, France, when the spring season is just around the corner. At this time of the year, the average temperature for the city increases from around 5.5°C at the start of the month, rising up to 9°C in the final few days.

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  • Temperature Temperature 9°C 47°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 12°C 54°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 5°C 42°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 2 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 24 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 14 days

What's the Weather Like in Paris in March?

Temperature

The weather slowly begins to improve in March in ParisFrance, when the spring season is just around the corner. At this time of the year, the average temperature for the city increases from around 5.5°C at the start of the month, rising up to 9°C in the final few days.

Daily highs vary from 9°C to 13°C over the course of the month, rarely exceeding 18°C or dropping below 4°C. Daily low temperatures range from 2°C to 5°C, very rarely falling under -2°C or rising above 9°C.

The highest daytime temperature which has ever been recorded in recent times in Paris during March is 24°C, with the lowest ever recorded temperature being -8°C. When you look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 8.5°C – it's clear that they're the extremes and aren't what you should be prepared for during your holiday.

Relative to the average, the coldest day of the year in 2013 was March 13th, when the lowest temperature that day was -8°C, compared to the average 4°C – that's a difference of 12°C.

Rain

Paris experiences an average of 24mm of rainfall spread across 14 days throughout the month, it's highly likely you'll be subject to a shower or two during your stay, so make sure you pack an umbrella. Moderate rain is the most expected type of rainfall when tends to occur around March 31st.

Light rain is the second most common type of precipitation and usually happens around March 14th. As March develops, the probability of rainfall decreases very slightly from 57% down to 54%.

Snow

Snow falls in the city on an average of one day each March, when it's most likely to happen around the 1st. Although snow lying on the ground is extremely improbable, March 3rd tends to be when it's at its deepest. Despite the rainfall and the chance of snow, Paris is affected by foggy conditions on less than one day each March.

Average Sea Temperature

The average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to Paris is a numbing 8°C which is far too cold to go swimming. The average daily humidity for March is around 73%, created by lows of 54% and highs of 93%.

Average Sunshine Hours

Paris enjoys an average of six hours of sunshine each day throughout March, a figure which is greatly affected by cloud density. Across the month, the sunshine and daylight hours both rise, with the length of the day increasing one hour and 48 minutes between March 1st and March 31st.

Wind

Throughout March, wind speeds tend to vary from 2 m/s to 7 m/s, rarely going over 11 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s usually occurs around March 29th, with the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s happening around March 1st.

Paris Hotels in March

Just a short walk away from various public transport networks, Hotel du Haut Marais is ideal for families and couples who want to do loads of sightseeing during their visit to Paris. Set in the famous Marais neighbourhood, this hotel offers a number of en-suite rooms, each of which comes well equipped with comfortable double bed, safety deposit box, fan, TV, private bathroom with hairdryer, complimentary breakfast and free WiFi access.

Hotel du Hotel Marais boasts a small number of services and facilities for guests to enjoy, too, such as luggage storage, lift, safety deposit box and multilingual staff.

When it comes to luxury hotels in the heart of the city, Hotel Nicolo is a fantastic choice. Just a short walk away from the lively Rue de Passy, this hotel provides guests with single, twin and double rooms to choose from, as well as a selection of junior suites if you really want to splash out.

Each room features ceiling fan, courtyard views, desk, affordable WiFi access, flat screen TV, telephone, safe and private bathroom with hairdryer. Visitors are invited to take full advantage of the many amenities and services available, including multilingual staff, 24-hour room service, computer terminals, safe, luggage room, laundry service, lounge, garden and breakfast room.

Atelier Saint-Germain is another top pick for families and couples looking for somewhere to stay in Paris. Located close to the Saint Germain district, within easy access of the Luxembourg Gardens and several metro stations, this hotel is the perfect base for sightseeing in the city.

Here you'll find a number of services and facilities for visitors to enjoy, such as breakfast in your room, free WiFi access, public parking, airport shuttle, 24-hour reception, luggage storage and multilingual staff. Atelier Saint-Germain offers a number of small yet comfortable rooms, each of which comes complete with air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with hairdryer, air conditioning, free WiFi access, telephone and satellite TV.

Holidaymakers looking for somewhere to enjoy a quiet and relaxing city break should consider staying at La Maison Montparnasse. Located in a peaceful part of Paris' Left Bank, close to a variety of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, shops and theatres, this hotel offers guests a choice of pink, purple, yellow and orange rooms.

Each room at La Maison Montparnasse comes well equipped with high quality bedding, desk, free WIFi access, flat screen TV and private bathroom with hairdryer. There is a small selection of amenities and services available onsite, such as 24-hour reception, luggage storage, living room, buffet breakfast, terrace and meeting room.

Hotel Etoile Saint-Ferdinand is one of the best four star hotels in Paris. Conveniently located only a short distance away from the Palais des Congrés and La Défense business district, this hotel offers a vast array of services and facilities for guests to enjoy, including 24-hour reception, wake-up service, babysitting, laundry service, free WiFi access, air conditioning, bar, free newspapers, lift, room service, breakfast in your room, public parking and pets are allowed to stay.

Hotel Etoile Saint-Ferdinand provides guests with access to a variety of standard and superior rooms, each of which features flat screen TV, free WiFi access, working area and private bathroom with hairdryer.

Bars and Restaurants

Paris is celebrated for its cafe culture and coffee lovers should pay a visit to La Cafeotheque. Roughly translated as the "coffee library", this quirky establishment was opened by a former Ambassador of Guatemala and roasts beans from over 23 countries. It benefits from its picturesque position on the banks of the Seine and is also situated next to La Cite International des Arts, so there's always a healthy mix of tourists and bohemian locals passing through its doors at any one time. 

Bistrot Chez France is the place to go for classic French cooking at decent prices. This pleasing restaurant serves an enticing selection of traditional dishes with modern touches, which comes in generous portions. There's also an impressive selection of white and red French wines, which are expertly paired to match the dishes on offer. The fixed price menu means you can indulge in a three-course meal without feeling like you're breaking your budget.

If you're in the mood for a quick and tasty meal, head to Joe Burger. Located in the Latin Quarter, this restaurant is hugely popular with Parisian students and is known for its trademark artisan burgers and friendly service. There's a variety of options available on the menu, so vegetarian diners needn't be discouraged. Bear in mind that this restaurant can become very busy in the evenings, so avoid the queues by arriving reasonably early.

Should you feel like you've had your fill of French cuisine, Sanukiya is a place that's certainly worth considering. This classy Japanese restaurant brings a taste of the Far East to Paris and ranks as one of the city's finest Asian eateries. You'll find a number of Japanese favourites on the menu here, from sushi and tempura to ramen and udon noodles. They don't take reservations, so don't leave it too late in the evening to secure a table.

For evening entertainment, head to Irish-themed Stolly's in the Marais district. Beer is the mainstay of this fun and unpretentious bar, which are served in huge 1.5-litre pitchers, and the place is always brimming with Parisians and tourists. If beer isn't your thing, then you can also choose from the bar's selection of Irish whisky and cocktails.

Le Syndicat pours an unusual selection of French cocktails in an interesting location. Mostly hidden in plain sight, you'll be transported from the bar's grubby exterior to the tastefully furnished interior, which gives new meaning to 'shabby chic'. The drinks are delicious, and despite keeping a low profile, this trendy bar is fast earning a name for itself among Parisians.

Things to do in Paris in March

Paris is full of fascinating museums and Musee Marmottan is no exception. Here you'll find a vast array of collections, including some featuring the works of Paul Marmottan, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and the Impressionists. There is also an entire exhibition dedicated to illumination, with hundreds of lights gathered over the years by Georges Wildenstein.

On top of the permanent collections, the Musee Marmottan also regularly features temporary displays throughout the year. Open from Tuesday until Sunday from 10am to 6pm and from Thursdays from 10am until 8pm, this museum is suitable for the whole family to enjoy and provides a great day out when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

If you fancy taking in a show whilst on holiday in Paris, consider visiting Opera National de Paris. This stunning building was reopened around January 2014 after extensive renovation was carried out on the interior. In March 2014, there are loads of performances and events to choose from, including ballets, operas, convergences, concerts and recitals, guaranteeing something for everyone. If you're holidaying with children, there are even several productions suitable for young audiences, too, including En Corps and Don Giovanni.

The award-winning Memorial de la Shoah is a must-visit for holidaymakers interested in the history of France. This museum is dedicated to the Holocaust and features a staggering number of original documents which were used to keep track of the whereabouts of displaced French Jews throughout and after World War 2.

The Memorial de la Shoah is also home to an extensive library, bookshop, multimedia learning centre, memorial shop and a memorial wall with the names of 76,000 Jews, as well as several permanent and temporary exhibitions. With oodles of educational activities, discussion evenings, meetings, screenings and lectures, there's loads of things for everyone to do here.

When it comes to stunning churches in Paris, Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse has got to be one of the best. This pilgrimage site is best known as being the location where the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830 and is visited by a huge number of people each year. Even if you're not religious, you're sure to be amazed at the stunning architecture both inside and out, so make sure you take your camera with you.

The Hotel de Ville is one of the most popular and important buildings in the whole of France, making it a must-visit during your holiday in Paris. Found in one of the oldest parts of the city, the Hotel de Ville incorporates city hall and the mayor's office.

Although there's not much to see or do inside, this structure is beautiful on the outside and can easy compete aesthetically with any other stunning building in the city. Whether you make a special effort to visit the Hotel de Ville or just happen to pass it on your way to another attraction, make sure you snap a few photos of it as a reminder of your visit.

March events in Paris

Film

Printemps du Cinéma

1st March 2018 to 31st March 2018

The Printemps du Cinéma is a three-day film bonanza which takes place in various cinemas all across the city. During the event, a great selection of films is shown, each of which can be seen for a very low price. 2017 Dates to be announced soon!

Website:

http://www.printempsducinema.com/

Exhibition

World Tourism Fair

16th March 2018 to 19th March 2018

The World Tourism Fair takes place at the Paris Porte de Versailles and is the place to find out everything about holidays and tourism. Each year the fair is divided into themed zones designed to help visitors make choices, including unusual destinations, responsible tourism, bed and breakfasts, France pavilion, wine tourism, training zone, tourism and disability, remembrance tourism, power adventure hub and the island village.

Website:

http://www.salonmondialdutourisme.com/fr/index.html

Music

Banlieues Bleues

18th March 2018 to 15th April 2018

The Banlieues Bleues celebrates a variety of French and international music styles, including flamenco, funk, soul, R&B, blues and jazz. The concerts take place at various venues throughout the Seine-St-Denis in this annual five-week festival.

Website:

http://www.banlieuesbleues.org/accueil.php

Literature

Salon du Livre

22nd March 2018 to 25th March 2018

The Salon du Livre takes place at the Porte de Versailles Paris Expo and incorporates exhibitions, conferences and meetings, with more than 1,200 publishers and over 196,000 visitors attending each year. Famous authors and guest speakers always make an appearance to give special readings and talks.

Website:

http://www.salondulivreparis.com/GB/Home-PRO/Trade-Visitor-Section.htm

Art

Drawing Now

23rd March 2018 to 25th March 2018

Drawing Now offers over 40 different contemporary galleries from all four corners of the globe, as well as several artist interviews and discussions. You'll find the festival spread throughout the six floors of the Carreau du Temple and it's open from midday until 8pm most days.

Website:

http://www.drawingnowparis.com/?lang=en

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